Sneak Peak: Leica Summicron-C Primes

FDimes-K800_L1000144An FDTimes spy who came in from the cold in Berlin provided these pictures and notes from Kameralabor 2013 (Camera Workshop), ahead of the snowy opening of the Berlinale Film Festival.

A pre-production 25 mm and 75 mm Leica Summicron–C lens was revealed for evaluation by an expert group of Cinematographers and Camera Assistants.

Kameralabor returns to Munich on Feb 21 and 22.  AFC Micro Salon is on Feb 22-23. Hopefully we’ll get our hands on, and eyes to, these lenses in Paris.

Here are some details we heard from a reliable source.
Summicron-C lenses are not intended to be replacements for the top-of-the-line Summilux-C lenses, nor should they be expected to have equally draw-dropping performance–although participants in the tests said performance was superb. Just as Cooke has 5/i, S4/i and Mini S4/i, and ARRI/ZEISS has Master Primes and Ultra Primes, it appears that Leica also seeks to appeal to different production markets.

Summicron-C lenses are T2.0. (Summilux-C lenses are T1.4)
Summilux-C lenses remain the high-end, top of the line.
Summicrons are smaller, and will be less expensive.

We do not know pricing. I look forward to learning more.

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  2. Jozo Zovko:

    So now we only have to wait for the new Noctilux and Elmarit series of lenses.
    ;-)
    Just kidding.
    But it would be nice.

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